Thursday, 15 June, 2006
Random Car Notes
- The radiator came in via stealth Fed Ex. That is, it showed up at the front door and neither Charlie nor I heard the truck or the doorbell. Since nobody actually uses the front door, it sat there until Debra came home and checked the front porch for packages. Now why didn't I think of that?
- Changing out the radiator in a 1996 GMC Sonoma Pickup is a one-hour job that can stretch to three hours if you forget to tighten the transmission cooler lines before putting everything back together. Tight quarters prevent a wrench from turning in there. I ended up having to take the thing apart again. Moral: don't get distracted or get in a hurry.
- How often do you really have to change the oil in your vehicle? Some manufacturers recommend 7,500 miles or more. The oil change places recommend every three months or 3,000 miles. I know (at least, I think) that it depends a lot on driving conditions, but I don't know for sure. Some people say that a lot of driving in dusty areas would require more frequent oil changes. That's a scary thing to contemplate, because I thought that the oil in the engine was pretty well insulated from the outside world. In any case, I sure wish I could get a straight and believable answer to this question. Anybody?
- Speaking of cars, Debra and I are off to Detroit tomorrow for my cousin Jill's 50th birthday and a small family reunion. I'll have the laptop but don't know if I'll have Internet access. Don't count on hearing from me before Monday.